What Is the Best SEER Rating for a New AC?
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One of the most important factors affecting an air conditioner’s cost and performance is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This rating indicates the energy efficiency of an AC unit, with a higher rating equating to a more energy efficient system. You’re probably thinking—what is the ideal SEER rating for your new AC?
SEER is one of the most important ratings that consumers should be familiar with when shopping for a new cooling system. A SEER rating is expressed as a two-digit number that usually ranges from 13 to 25, and is calculated by dividing the total cooling output in a cooling season by the total electrical output in that same season. Therefore, a higher rating means a more efficient AC because it uses less energy.
What Rating is Best?
In Canada, all new AC systems are required to have a minimum SEER rating of 13, but many available products are even more efficient with ratings in the 20s. While an AC with a higher SEER rating will typically cost a bit more up-front, these systems can provide significant savings on monthly energy bills.
An energy efficient air conditioner can even pay for itself in just a few years due to the energy savings it can provide. These savings can become even more significant if homeowners follow other energy-saving measures such as scheduling routine tune-ups and installing a smart thermostat.
It’s important to install a cooling system that’s correctly sized with the correct rating for your needs, so you should always consult with a certified cooling specialist when shopping for a new air conditioner.
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